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  •  I find everything about them scary! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Roadbed Guy

    "Sunlight is the best disinfectant" - Louis Brandeis

    by the national gadfly on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 08:32:20 AM PST

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    •  Yeah, totally I agree with that (2+ / 0-)
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      kurt, limpidglass

      perhaps where I take issue is that maybe - just maybe - they are not as marginalized as your diary might suggest.

      For example, nothing like Mulrooney's (sp?) collapse of his PC government in Canada a few years back where his party when from a majority to having two (yes 2!) seats in the parliament.   Your diary would seem to suggest that the Repubs have suffered a similar fate (but they're still hanging in there at ~45% - which is not that far behind).

      •  The PC collapse... (2+ / 0-)
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        Roadbed Guy, the national gadfly

        ... was brought about during Kim Campbell's tenure;  Brian Mulroney had resigned by the time the federal Progressive Conservatives were swept into the dustbin.

        But the demise of the PCs was really brought about more by the fracturing of their coalition and splitting of the vote they formerly held, in no small part because of the Charlottetown Accord the year earlier; the Western populists went to the right-wing Reform Party (which had run a strong, grassroots "NO" campaign against the Accord in the West), and their soft nationalists in Quebec moved to the Bloc Quebecois (founded by Lucien Bouchard, a former Mulroney cabinet minister, who was fired\left the PC caucus after the Accord failed).  

        That's important, because most majority governments in Canada are run by parties who get 40% of the popular vote, 60% of the seats (or more) and 100% of the power.  The Liberal one elected in 1993 was no different in this regard.

        Slower Traffic Keep Right.

        by Wisewood on Sat Nov 15, 2008 at 09:44:31 AM PST

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